Brain Education

UPI: Study: Body clock disruption linked to mood disorders

People who disrupt their body clock — being active at night or inactive during the day — have a greater risk of developing mood disorders, according to a study in Britain. Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Britain found a regular sleep-wake cycle avoids depression, bipolar disorder and other conditions. (May 16, 2018) Read […]

Psych Central: Exergaming may slow cognitive decline

New research finds that exergaming can help older adults with mild memory impairment improve their complex thinking and memory skills. Exergames are defined as video games that also require physical exercise. The finding is important because mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease among older adults. (May 16, 2018) Read the […]

Science Blog: Homo naledi had a tiny brain but it looked a lot like ours

In Africa, between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago, a small-brained human-like species called Homo naledi roamed the landscape alongside other early humans with larger brains, including those that may have ultimately become us — modern Homo sapiens. Scientists and nonscientists have often associated larger brains with greater intelligence, but a new study published Monday (May […]

NPR: Why teenagers should understand their own brains (and why their teachers should too!)

A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There’s a lot going on: Social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period. Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood — but in the last two decades, researchers have confirmed that the brain continues to develop […]

Scientific American: Speaking a second language may give low-income kids a boost

Children growing up in low-income homes score lower than their wealthier peers on cognitive tests and other measures of scholastic success, study after study has found. Now mounting evidence suggests a way to mitigate this disadvantage: learning another language. (May 15, 2018) Read the full article here

Tech Times: Meditation, breathing exercises may help improve brain health

Researchers from Dublin identify the link between the nervous system and concentration to present scientific evidence supporting claims that breathing exercises promote brain health. Specifically, the team provided a scientific explanation of how the neurophysiological mechanisms take place while engaged in ancient meditation practices or most commonly known today as pranayama, yoga breathing exercise, and […]

Science Daily: How can we help children with brain injuries transition back to school?

Children with brain injuries face significant challenges when transitioning from hospital or home to school where they face issues such as lack of educator understanding and catching up with missed work. Leading researchers in the field of pediatric brain injury from across the globe identify today’s key issues in supporting children and youth with brain […]

Medical Xpress: Magnetic stimulation dampens brain response to drug cues in addiction

In a study investigating the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for drug addiction, researchers at Medical University of South Carolina are the first to demonstrate that the noninvasive brain stimulation technique can dampen brain activity in response to drug cues in chronic alcohol users and chronic cocaine users. The findings are published in Biological […]

Newsweek: Alzheimer’s disease symptoms reversed in flies by balancing enzymes

Researchers reversed symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in fruit flies by adjusting the production of certain enzymes. The finding may open doors to exploring epigenetics as a potential avenue for Alzheimer’s disease treatments. Drexel University’s Felice Elefant, an associate professor in the biology department, and PhD biology student Priyalakshmi Panikker analyzed ways in which enzyme manipulation […]

UPI: Study links rheumatoid arthritis, Huntington’s disease

Researchers have found a genetic link between rheumatoid arthritis and Huntington’s disease, which shows promise of new therapeutic targets and drugs for both conditions. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai were decoding the epigenetic landscape of RA when they found an overlap […]